Brutal vs Truculent - What's the difference?

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Brutal is a related term of truculent.

As adjectives the difference between brutal and truculent

is that brutal is (senseid)savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel while truculent is cruel or savage.




(en adjective)
  • (senseid)Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel
  • Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
  • Harsh; unrelenting
  • Disagreeably precise or penetrating
  • (music, figuratively) In extreme metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs.
  • Synonyms

    * barbaric * cold-blooded * savage * vicious


    * gentle * kind




    (en adjective)
  • cruel or savage
  • When we were touring on a riverboat near Dandong, the truculent North Korean soldiers from the other side of the river gave us a steely-eyed death stare.
  • Deadly or destructive.
  • Defiant or uncompromising.
  • Eager or quick to argue, fight or start a conflict.
  • * 1992 , (Joel Feinberg), “ The Social Importance of Moral Rights” in (Philosophical Perspectives) VI (Ethics, 1992), page 195:
  • It is an important source of the value of moral rights then that?—?speaking very generally?—?they dispose people with opposed interests to be reasonable rather than arrogant and truculent .
  • * 2010 , Member, in Esquire Magazine "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden..."[]
  • (Refering to women in Bin Laden's compound) "These bitches is getting truculent ".


    * 1847 , , , ch VI, *: In her turn, Helen Burns asked me to explain, and I proceeded forthwith to pour out, in my own way, the tale of my sufferings and resentments. Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening. * 1860-1861 , (Charles Dickens), , ch XLVI, *: She really was a most charming girl, and might have passed for a captive fairy, whom that truculent Ogre, Old Barley, had pressed into his service. * 1895 , , , ch 10, *: Most of them were little dramatic situations, crucial dialogues, the return of Mr. Hoopdriver to his native village, for instance, in a well-cut holiday suit and natty gloves, the unheard asides of the rival neighbours, the delight of the old 'mater,' the intelligence—"A ten-pound rise all at once from Antrobus, mater. Whad d'yer think of that?" or again, the first whispering of love, dainty and witty and tender, to the girl he served a few days ago with sateen, or a gallant rescue of generalised beauty in distress from truculent insult or ravening dog. * 1914 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), , ch 10, *: If he came too close to a she with a young baby, the former would bare her great fighting fangs and growl ominously, and occasionally a truculent young bull would snarl a warning if Tarzan approached while the former was eating. * 1922 ,(Rafael Sabatini), , ch XVI, *: Cahusac appeared to be having it all his own way, and he raised his harsh, querulous voice so that all might hear his truculent denunciation. * 1925 , (Richard Henry Tawney), "Introduction", to (Thomas Wilson) A discourse upon usury by way of dialogue and orations: for the better variety and more delight of all those that shall read this treatise (1572); Classics of social and political science [ Page 2] *: Whatever his prejudices — and his book shows that they were tough — the most truculent of self-made capitalists could not have criticised him as a child in matters of finance. He had tried commercial cases, negotiated commercial treaties, ...


    * (cruel or savage): barbarous, cruel, ferocious, fierce, savage * (deadly or destructive): deadly, destructive * (defiant or uncompromising): defiant, inflexible, stubborn, uncompromising, unyielding * belligerent

    See also

    * belligerent


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